By Omololu Olumuyiwa
The Organiser, Akwaaba African Travel Market, Ambassador Ikechi Uko has been honoured with the “Star of Fame Plaque of Great Lagosians” and inducted into the coveted Great Lagosians Hall of Fame.
The President, Great Lagosians Hall of Fame, Mr Olawale Enitan Seriki made the presentation of the Star of Fame Plaque to Ambassador Ikechi Uko at the just concluded Akwaaba African Travel Market at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Seriki in his speech during the brief ceremony said “It is important to celebrate a man of honour and inducted him as a man with the longest running tourism event in Lagos and indeed in Nigeria”.
“Ambasador Ikechi Uko is a man of many parts, he is a Mascot of Tourism in Nigeria and his robust contributions to the development of tourism in Lagos and Nigeria is highly commendable and worthy of this honour,” Seriki said.
Ambassador Ikechi Uko in his remarks, thanked the leader and entire team of the Great Lagosians Hall of Fame for the honour. In showing his excitement at the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Uko announced to the multitude of visitors and participants of the Hospitality Day at Akwaaba Travel Market who witnessed the event that he should henceforth be refer to as what he is truly is as “Great Lagosian”.
The first Akwaaba African Travel Market (AFTM) was held in Lagos in 2005. The fair has opened the door to Nigeria and Africa tourism markets and served as a platform for exchange of cultural and tourism potentials among participating countries.
The Great Lagosians Hall of Fame project is targeted at celebrating those tireless individuals who came to Lagos city in obscurity and ended up at the center point of reference. Their grass to grace testimonies is recorded and broadcast to the entire world to serve as examples to follow for the present and upcoming generation.